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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 11:35 UK time, Thursday, 13 January 2011

Lady Walking (image taken from morguefile)

New Year, new resolutions? In my case it's more a continuation of those I started with the first heavy fall of snow at the end of November. Given that my car was snowbound in our drive - that's country living for you - I was forced to walk a lot more than normal.

For around five weeks I must have been putting in at least 4 miles per day getting to and from work, but I was pleased with the results. I felt fitter, sharper and much more positive despite the sub-zero temperatures outside. The other bonus was that instead of gaining weight over the festive season I just went back to my normal weight. Disappointing though that may be, at least it proved to me that even brisk walking can make a difference, and sometimes it takes forced circumstances to provide you with that lightbulb moment.

Instead of listening to music as I walked I kept my eyes firmly on the pavements to avoid disappearing under an avalanche of snow, but now that it's gone - at least I hope it is - I can continue my regime but maybe I should give some thought to the kinds of songs that would put a spring in my step, and take my mind off the miles. "Walking back to happiness" is an obvious one, Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are made for Walking.." another - and The Spencer Davis Group's Keep on Running. What would lighten your step and put you in the mood for a brisk walk? Send me your suggestions and we'll play them on the show.

The Greetings Programme, Sundays 0705 on BBC Radio Scotland and available to listen again on iPlayer.



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